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This is another example of charming quilts evolving from
the simplest of cutting units. Here triangles are arranged
into a sort of four patch as shown. Then four of these are
four-patched together again into the broken dish block.
These are all pieced exactly alike but turned at the different
angle in alternate rows with the large plain white blocks
If seams are added the blocks will finish 11 inches
square, if not, about 10 inches square.
This is an excellent pattern to select for using up odd
bits of wash materials, especially if the complete top is
planned carefully, with the lighter tint blocks to the center,
and blues, pinks, etc., so placed that they repeat a color and
balance each other. Old-time quilt makers always "laid out"
a top on the bed and thus figured the number of blocks,
color placing and the complete size.
Material Estimate: Twenty-eight 11-inch pieced
squares set together with 28 white blocks as in the diagram,
7 blocks wide by 8 long, finishes about 77x88 inches. It
requires 3 1/2 yards of white for the alternate plain blocks,
2 1/2 yards of light and 2 1/2 yards of dark for the pieced
blocks, or a total of 8 1/2 yards.
The Snowflake quilting pattern would
be particularly good on the plain squares that alternate with
the pieced broken dishes.